Queensland floods, La Niña and impacts of Global Warming


Like so many of my countrymen and women, throughout the last two days I have sat transfixed by the horrific scenes of the flood-induced tragedy occurring in Queensland, our second-largest state. Known as 'The Sunshine State', Queensland covers a huge area, three-quarters of which has been officially declared a 'Natural Disaster Area', an area almost double … Continue reading Queensland floods, La Niña and impacts of Global Warming

The conservative right’s alliance with anti-science


I posted the original version of the following as a comment on my "A skeptic responds to a climate sceptic" post, but since most visitors don't read the comments, I've reposted it here with some minor embellishment. There is an interesting perspective of the Australian political climate-change denialism contrasted against various other western democracies in … Continue reading The conservative right’s alliance with anti-science

Independents, passion and towing the Party line


Whilst watching the National Press Club press conference the other day featuring independent MPs Bob Katter, Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Greens MP Adam Brandt, I was struck by how fresh it was to hear unrehearsed, unscripted, impassioned opinion from politicians, something which has been long absent from our screens as the big parties' campaign … Continue reading Independents, passion and towing the Party line